Tracey Emin to set up Margate Art School –

Turner Prize nominated artist Tracey Emin will set up an art school and museum in her seaside hometown of Margate, England. She plans to house the school, called TKE Studios, in a former public bath and mortuary near her 30,000 square foot studio, which was once a commercial printing house. the London Times School news first reported on Wednesday.

Emin’s plan for the school redesign will see 30 affordable studios erected for his enrolled students. The mortuary will be converted into a small museum which will house a collection of Emin’s own work.

In recent years, the British artist has spoken publicly about a battle with squamous cell bladder cancer that resulted in a hysterectomy. Since her cancer diagnosis, she has increasingly focused on preserving her heritage. In September, Emin announced plans to turn his studio into a museum that will house an archive of 30,000 photographs and 2,500 works on paper.

Emin told the Time in an interview that students at TKE Studios will be required to post their work regularly, in an effort to foster an environment of what she called “constant intellectual rigor”. Emin is also planning to start an artist residency program at another location in Margate, hoping to attract artists to the city.

Margate has long been plagued by high poverty rates, although authorities have made efforts to overthrow its reputation, in part by attracting art spaces. In 2011, Turner Contemporary, an art space that hosted the Turner Prize exhibition in 2019, opened in the city.

Kayleen C. Rice